Prostate Cancer UK appointed Official Charity to Travis Perkins Masters
14 August 2018
Prostate Cancer UK will extend its close association with senior professional golf in 2018 when the charity joins forces with the Staysure Tour’s Travis Perkins Masters, which is be held at Woburn from August 31-September 2.
This represents the fourth successive season in which a senior tournament has linked arms with the leading men’s health charity, focused on raising funds and awareness among the professional fraternity.
To celebrate 15 years of the Travis Perkins Masters, the opening day of the tournament – August 31 – has been designated ‘Free Friday’ with admission to the course free of charge. However, all charitable donations collected by volunteers will go to Prostate Cancer UK, who provide a vital role in helping men in the 50+ age group most at risk of developing prostate cancer. Prostate Cancer UK will also collect donations at strategic points around the Woburn complex during rounds two and three on Saturday, September 1 and Sunday, September 2 when entry costs £15 (£10 in advance).
James Beeby, Director of Fundraising for Prostate Cancer UK said: “We’re proud of our work across the great game of golf and it’s great to continue our work with the European Senior Tour for a fourth successive year. The sad fact is, prostate cancer exists in every golf club, but by having a presence at the Travis Perkins Masters, we can help raise awareness and funds to knock this disease out of bounds. One man dies from prostate cancer every 45 minutes; it’s the most common cancer in men, but we want to make prostate cancer a disease that the next generation of men do not fear.
“The money raised will fund ground-breaking research to help fight the disease. That will help us provide dedicated support and information to men and their families affected by this disease. We thank the European Senior Tour for their continued support and look forward to a great tournament.”
Former Ryder Cup captain Sam Torrance has been among the strong vocal supporters of Prostate Cancer UK’s drive to raise awareness of the disease. He said: “This is a great thing to be involved in. Making people aware of getting themselves checked, and going to see their doctor regularly, that’s what its all about. If you have got anything you don’t feel happy about get down to the doctor and make sure and get yourself checked out. Cancer is something we have to get rid of. There are many forms of it and prostate cancer is one we need to help. I was made aware of it around the age of 50 and have been keeping an eye on it since.”